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January 22, 2009

News for Anime Matsuri 2009:

Anime Matsuri 2009 announces performance by Miyavi

Jrock fans are taking over Texas

Houston, TX. January 21, 2009. - Following the announcement of a Jrock-themed concert for the 2009 convention and continuing the tradition of bringing fantastic Japanese musical acts to USA, Anime Matsuri announces Miyavi live in concert at Anime Matsuri 2009. This marks Miyavi's first concert in Texas and the artist's management, PS Company, is putting together a special performance exclusively for the fans. PS Company has also made available a booth in the dealer's room which will carry Miyavi merchandise at a discounted price and limited merchandise from select artists such as Alice Nine, The GazettE, Kra, Kagrra and many more.

Miyavi is a Japanese artist who is recognized as one of the top guitarist in Japan. At the age of 17, the sudden death of a respected friend prompted his journey Tokyo without a dime in his pocket. Before long, he joined the former band named "Due'le quartz". After the band broke up in 2002, he started his career as a solo artist. Success and adoration followed Miyavi during his solo career, and he returned the favor to all of his fans or 仔雅 "co-miyavi" as he referred to them at his last indie show at the Nippon Budokan.

In 2005, Miyavi made his major debut at a 'fan club event' held in the Tokyo Dome and shortly thereafter, signed with Universal Music Records. At, what seemed to be, the height of his stardom he walked away from everything for six months in an effort to better improve himself.

By 2007 Miyavi was back in fine form, joining the band "S.K.I.N" with Yoshiki from X Japan, Gackt, and Sugizo from Luna Sea. They brought their talents to the Long Beach Arena in L.A. and rocked the house.

2008 marked the beginning of Miyavi's first world tour, which included 33 shows in 14 different countries spanning North America, South America, Europe and Asia. This earned him the title of the first ever Japanese rock artist to have successful showings in South America.

For 2009, the ever changing Miyavi has packed all of considerable talents and sets his eyes on Anime Matsuri and the entire the lone star state.

Anime Matsuri is a Houston based convention dedicated to fans of anime, manga, gaming and Japanese pop culture. Continuing to combine many aspects of the Japanese culture to its line-up, Anime Matsuri 2009 will be held on April 10-12 and features Import Reactor (a rooftop Car Show), an outdoor anime theater, and a wide range of cultural activities. Once again, the beautiful Woodlands area will turn into a world of anime, a meeting place for thousands of fans, enthusiasts, celebrities, industry personnel and artists.

The staff at Anime Matsuri is kindly asking everyone to help make this convention run as smoothly as possible by pre-registering early to avoid long lines at the door and to save money. Please visit for pre-registration information.

About Anime Matsuri: Anime Matsuri is an annual Anime and Japanese Pop Culture convention held in Houston, Texas. The 2009 convention will be held on Easter weekend, April 10th - 12th, 2009 at the Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel and Convention Center. Please visit the website at for more info.